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Stiles in April 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City
Julia O'Hara Stiles

(1981-03-28) March 28, 1981 (age 41)
Alma mater Columbia University (B.A.)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Preston J. Cook
(m. 2017)
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Julia O'Hara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American actress. Born and raised in New York City, Stiles began acting at age 11 and made her screen debut as Erica Dansby in six episodes of the television series Ghostwriter (1993–1994). Her first film role was in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996), followed by a leading role in the thriller Wicked (1998), for which she was awarded the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

She went on to gain prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) for which she won MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards, Down to You (2000), for which she was nominated for another two Teen Choice Awards, and Save the Last Dance (2001), winning the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress and was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.

Stiles later went on to transition to more adult roles. She became known to a wider audience for her supporting role alongside Matt Damon as Nicky Parsons in the Bourne film series (2002–2016). She had a recurring role as Lumen Pierce in the fifth season of Dexter the Showtime series (2010), a role that earned her nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Stiles appears in the Blue web series also broadcast on television (2012–present).

Personal life

Stiles graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English literature in 2005. In 2010, she received a John Jay Award, an annual honorary award given to five alumni by the Columbia College Alumni Association for professional achievements.

Stiles has also worked for Habitat for Humanity, building housing in Costa Rica, and has worked with Amnesty International to raise awareness of the harsh conditions of immigration detention of unaccompanied juveniles. In January 2004, Marie Claire featured Stiles's trip to see conditions at the Berks County Youth Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

She is a former vegan, occasionally eating red meat. She says she gave up veganism after she developed anemia and found it difficult to get proper nutrition while traveling. Stiles has described herself as a feminist and wrote on the subject in The Guardian.

She loves baseball and is an avid fan of the New York Mets. She threw the ceremonial first pitch before their May 29, 2006 game. She is also a fan of soccer and the New York Red Bulls.

On January 3, 2016, she announced her engagement to camera assistant Preston J. Cook, with whom she worked on Blackway. In June 2017, Stiles confirmed she and Cook were expecting their first child. They were married over Labor Day weekend in September 2017. The couple welcomed their son, Strummer Newcomb, on October 20, 2017.

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